Wednesday, November 2, 2011

God Is A Radio DJ

Lunch break post!

I'm pretty sure that in His spare time (He has that right?), God is a radio DJ for Air One, a Christian station I have as a pre-set in my car.  "Huh? What are you talking about Anna?"  I really think God plants certain songs on the radio just for me to hear, that relate to something I'm going through.

Example #1:

One day at the beginning of April this year, when I was just about burnt out from tax season overtime hours, I left the office after a huge day and got in my car, exhausted, ready to just go home and go to sleep and the song that came on the radio was Third Day's "Light At The End of This Tunnel" which I had never heard before:

There's a light at the end of this tunnel
There's a light at the end of this tunnel
For you, for you
There's a light at the end of this tunnel
Shinin' bright at the end of this tunnel
For you, for you

So keep holdin' on

It's a great, energetic, encouraging song and you should give it a listen sometime.  Whatever your tunnel is, this song gives some hope that God is with you the whole way and that an end to struggle will come.  I sat in my driveway after I got home and finished the song (I love living one mile from work) and bounced in my seat a bit to the rhythm.  I gave myself a little pep talk and thanked God for the pep song.

Example #2:

This summer, Trent left for two weeks of church camp, and I took over Wednesday youth duties while he was gone.  Really there was no agenda except for a trip to the skating rink the first week and a trip to Kiddie Land the second week.  Easy peasy.  But by week two of my husband gone, I was really ready to have him back and wasn't doing so well in the lonely department.  Then I didn't leave myself enough time between work and Kiddie Land to call in the pizza order, go to Bush's for tea, go to Walgreens for plates and cups, go back to Bush's for ice, go back to Walgreen's for a cooler to put the ice in, go to Pizza Inn to pick up pizza and be back to Kiddle Land in time for any possible early kids.  So I was super rushed and trying really hard to be a rockstar YMW while fighting tears from missing my husband.  I pulled into the pizza parking lot and was about to get out of the car when "Strong Enough" by Matthew West came on the radio.  Another one I had not heard before.  Normally I wouldn't pay attention amidst my stressed out state and rush in to get the pizza, but I paused to listen and ended up sitting there for the whole song with my head leaned against the steering wheel.

You must, You must think I’m strong
To give me what I’m going through
Well forgive me, forgive me if I’m wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own

I know I’m not strong enough to be
Everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up, I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t You cover me?
Lord, right now I’m asking You to be
Strong enough, strong enough
For the both of us

Well maybe, maybe that’s the point
To reach the point of giving up
‘Cause when I’m finally, finally at rock bottom
That’s when I start looking up
And reaching out

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength
And I don’t have to be strong enough
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength

About the time the song went to the bridge, I was back to rockstar mode.  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.  I could get ice and cups and pizza. I could make it a few more days until my sweet husband came home.  I could do it.  And I did! 

Example #3:

A while back I found myself in a situation that was really tough spiritually and my first inclination was to just want to give up, run, ditch, forget it, say "I need a break God, you're being a meanie."  It stunk.   And then I heard this song, "By Your Side", by Tenth Avenue North:

Why are you striving these days
Why are you trying to earn grace
Why are you crying
Let me lift up your face
Just don't turn away

Why are you looking for love
Why are you still searching as if I'm not enough
To where will you go child
Tell me where will you run
To where will you run

And I'll be by your side
Wherever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call
And please don't fight
These hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Cause I, I love you
I want you to know
That I, I love you
I'll never let you go
Omg, tears. Lots of them.  I love this song and it has been a great motivation and comfort to me when the reason for the above hurt comes back to bug me.   Songs really speak to me and mean a lot to me. I know that's not the case for everybody and may sound weird to some.  But I'm really glad that God is a radio DJ in His spare time and sends me these songs at certain times when He knows I need them.

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